The Art of Tetman Callis Poems the wolf spider says

the wolf spider says

the housefly is what you want.
gnats, they’re just morsels. starvation rations.
you can eat all the gnats you can catch,
and they’ll never be enough.

at night, you can go down and see if you
can catch yourself a baby roach or something.

there’s earwigs. but they don’t come around often,
and they’re a lot of trouble. those big pincers
on their tails. segmented armor so they can
swing their tails right over their heads
the way scorpions do—arachne save me from
scorpions—and if you ask me,
i don’t think they taste all that good.

no, give me housefly, succulent and fat.

(Copyright 2023 by Tetman Callis.)

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